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Posted on: April 27, 2017

Message from Mayor Paul Sorensen

Firestone officials and staff are shocked and saddened by the tragedy that claimed the lives of two of our friends and neighbors on April 17th. Our hearts are heavy with grief over the deaths of Mark Martinez, our Public Works Foreman and his brother-in-law, Joseph Irwin. Both were lifelong Carbon Valley residents who were well-known in our close-knit community. We are holding their families in our thoughts as they grieve this unspeakable loss and hoping for Erin’s healing and release from the hospital. While the investigation into the cause of this horrible incident is ongoing, I know the authorities will share the results of the investigation as soon as they can.

In the meantime, the outpouring of love, prayers, donations and gifts from our community in support of the families of our beloved friends is inspiring and a true testament to how connected we are in in this small town. In the aftermath of this sad event, we have witnessed our great community answering the challenges of this tragedy with love and compassion. I had the honor of meeting the nearby construction crew members who responded immediately to the scene and without fear for themselves, entered the home to search for people and then moved Erin to safety.

The professionalism of our first responders was incredible. I arrived at the scene a short time after the incident began to find the area secured by Firestone Police officers. The Frederick-Firestone Fire Protection District was working to extinguish the fire and attending to Erin as the Flight for Life helicopter was landing nearby. On behalf of the Town staff and the Town of Firestone Board of Trustees, we extend a gracious thanks to the dedicated professionals of the Firestone Police Department and Frederick-Firestone Fire Protection District and to their work.

I know the loss of neighbors and friends finds us grieving, but I also know our tight-knit community will continue to draw one another close during hard times. Our neighbors’ generosity in response to our friends’ needs is an inspiring and exemplary demonstration on how this community pulls together to meet tough challenges, even as we grieve.

Thank you, Firestone and our neighboring friends for making such a tremendous difference when it matters most.
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